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of us. >> we learned in today's news conference more of the effort that went into saving his life. one doctor said five times the amount of blood the average human body holds is what they needed to use in this operation. more than highland hospital has. things were frontic for a while. at one point the red cross had to put blood in a taxi and send it to the hospital to make sure they had enough. >> you can see the enormous stress of this past week in her face. >> absent lewolutely. >> garvin, thanks. >>> we are following developing news as a raging fire is tearing through a large home in pleasant hill in contra costa county. flames broke out about an hour ago seen first near the garage in the front of the house. soon after, firefighters were spotted on the roof breaking through it with tools. no word on whether anyone was inside the home when the fire started. we'll have more information on it as we get it. >>> some bizarre claims tonight from the man who may hold the key to an east bay killing spree. the man who lives at the house where two of the victims were found made his first cou
. >> i still like it here. i just want us to be safer. >> reporter: you can't blame samuels for thinking her complex was, indeed, safer after a string of assaults earlier this summer, police arrested the man they say was responsible, antonio mouton. he now sits in jail, held there by $12 million bail. what's more, following the assaults, the complex's management increased the number of security guards working at the park regency. still, at around 6:00 last night, a 27-year-old woman called the sheriff's office to report she had been sexually assaulted. >> as she opened her door and entered her apartment, someone came in behind her and forced his way in. >> reporter: the contra costa sheriff's department believes this is not evidence that the park regency complex is unsafe. they do, after all, have security guards, a neighborhood watch, and security cameras. what this latest assault proves to them, though, is that no one, regardless of their circumstances should ever take their safety for granted. >> the bottom line is you can never lower your guard, and this type of incident can happen a
. >> reporter: he decided to keep those items away from us. why give up that privacy when that's one of the only things you have, when everything else has been taken away. >> this starts the healing process actually seeing it, though, now. my car is destroyed. >> reporter: how does it help in the healing process? >> well, it's there. it tells you that this is it. this is what you have. this is what happened. like i said for the people who lost lives, those are the people i -- my heart just bleeds for them. to go in there and see you lost material items, it's one thing, but to know that family members were lost, you can't place any kind of remorse in the scale that they might be feeling right now. >> reporter: the pellegrinis and other people who live within the blast zones will be allowed one more visit before a hazmat crew cleans up the area. then it will be time to rebuild. >> it's reality now, you know. >> reporter: in san bruno, bob redell, nbc bay area news. >>> nearly a week after the explosion and fire that leveled much of the neighborhood, the governor arrived to see the damage firsthand
homeowners sifting through what used to be their belongings in their homes, how do you put a price on that? live in san bruno, traci grant nbc bay area news. >> thank you. >>> more examples of victimizing the victims. you see it after every disaster. now san bruno police tell us they've arrested four people trying to get free food and other help by posing as victims of the explosion. police say bianti taylor tried to cash in tuesday. they have not been charged, but two other women were arrested for trying to pass themselves off as victims and get aide as well. heightened concerns about the smell of gas prompted the evacuation as two bay area schools today. portollo elementary is located less than a mile from the explosion. firefighters and pg&e workers were called out. it turned out there wasn't a leak, but parents praised the school's quick actions. >> just the principal smelled a little bit of gas, and he's very smart to take the precaution and evacuate the school. especially where we're in the area where the gas pipe explosion occurred. so they evacuated the school, everything was done
to sfo. passengers say despite all they heard and saw, there was no panic onboard. >> kept talking to us. and they just reassured us the whole way. >> passengers were put up for the night at hotels in the bay area. most were rebooked on flights today through los angeles. >>> the search tonight for two missing friends. the two filipino women are from vallejo. on the left is a 60 year old who goes by carol and her 67-year-old friend or rita as her friends call her. the two were last seen on august 25th. police say smart left her home to visit allen. smart's abandoned car was later found. police believe both women are in a 2002 white cadillac aescalade. >>> the gang member suspected of shooting a fremont police officer and is accused getaway accomplice were charged today. tonight the entire community is at the officer's bedside. ken shows us how strangers are stepping up to help save young's life. >> these are all walk ins. this is the appointment sheet. you can see there's a lot more people just coming in to den ate blood. >> reporter: coming in to give of themselves while keenly aware of
by his wife's death. >>> another silicon valley soap opera unfolding right before us, and this time the star of it is mark hurd. "nbc bay areas's" business reporter scott budman first here and on the web has this for us. boy, has the oracle turned scott. >> reporter: it was a surprise when so quickly after hurd left hp former ceo mark hurd was hired on as president of oracle. now thanks it a lawsuit filed against hurd by hp the job may not be his, at least not right away, and it seems the two companies will not be so close from here on out. hp claims that hurd knows too much about hp's inner workings to go to work for a competitor like oracle. although the two companies have worked closely for more than two decades, recent purchases have made them competitors and it's common for executives like hurd to sign confidentiality agreements, especially when collecting by severance payments. as for the stock market, well, it seemed to like oracle's take. oracle shares up about 6% today in the midst of all this hp fell slightly. overall, banking concerns cutting the recent rally off at four
is the way for us to make a living in california. that is so true. can you imagine if none of us were able to have any child care, how that would impact california, their jobs, our jobs what we are doing? it would be big loss. >> reporter: parents are praying lawmakers act soon so their kids can keep going to class and they can keep working. >> pass the budget, do it now, think of us. >> reporter: many bay area preschools have taken out loans to stay afloat but with the state budget now three months overdue, they simply can't hang on much longer. live in oakland, i'm jodi hernandez, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, jodi. >>> budget delay drags on. governor schwarzenegger and top lawmakers did not hold any budget talks for a second straight day. pechbs reform remains a key issue in the stalemate it has been 91 days since the state blew past what could cynically be referred to as a budget deadline and a week since leaders announce old on a framework for the budget. >>> gubernatorial candidate meg whitman on damage control tonight. she suddenly find herself fighting allegations she had an und
bystanders. the fire department tells us they were able to find one woman in her 40s, still not identified. there are two other victims still in the plane in six feet of water at the lagoon. one said to be the pilot, the other thought to be a 91-year-old man who started a steel company in east palo alto more than 50 years ago. this kind of plane can hold up to eight people. he saw the plane just after takeoff and quickly knew it was in trouble. >>> i noticed the aircraft pitch up abruptly to a very high angle of attack, then appeared to level off and appeared as if he was stalling and then recovered, and i thought good recovery. and then he made a right turn, and the bank continued to increase well past 60 degrees. and just after he did that he pitched over, did a complete role and then nosedived into the surface. >> oh, yeah? >> the national transportation safety board is joining in the search this evening. crews tell us they've been hampered most of the afternoon by among other things, oil that has leaked in the water from the plane. we will continue to bring you up to dat
and they seemed very friendly but very quiet. one couple told us that valdemoro actually came over and openly vented about frederick sales and the living situation in that home where his girlfriend also was. they say they found it strange since they didn't know valdemoro at all. nbc bay area news. >> thank you. if you learn anything new in th newscast, we'll update you and we'll have the layoff at 11:00. you can always go on to nbcbayarea.com for coverage around the clock. >>> a plane crash claimed three lives today. the small plane crashed into a redwood shores lagoon almost immediately after takeoff. stunning the community of redwood shores where some people watched in horror. scott is there tonight. >> reporter: i'll tell you. the area here around this lagoon in redwood shores is surrounded by technology company like oracle and a lot of residences. there were a lot of people who saw this plane crash and then spent the afternoon hearing the bad news about those on board. >> reporter: rescue boats scoured the water. the remains of the beechcraft could be seen bobbing in the water near headqu
to explain that to us. >> reporter: the cpuc says yes pg&e will be asked to pass along any costs not covered by insurance, to you an me, the customer. that applies to cases of wildfires larger than an acre that burned a billing or home, and it would not apply in the case of this explosion. still, the idea is not going over well in the san bruno neighborhood as people here are just beginning to pick up the pieces after thursday's deadly explosion. the san bruno explosion, pg&e says the $992 million it has in insurance money will likely be enough to cover the cost of repair here, but the agency saw what happened in southern california during the '07 wildfires which ended up costing the utilities there $1 billion. >> pg&e, along with the southern california utilities, have requested that we be allowed to recover costs from wildfires that are not covered by insurance. >> reporter: but opponents say requiring the utilities to cover their own costs helps ensure they will be invested in inspecting and maintaining equipment to minimize risk. >> this is a matter of fundamental safety. >> they kicked
revealed details about his life. nbc bay area's tracy grant is live in hercules to tell us more about this shady character. >> reporter: well, that is what they say. and we're going to have some more information about him. but right now i want you to take a look at this. we are live at an office park here in hercules. you can see the white cadillac he is ka la escalade is that being towed. away. police believe the this is the same car that ms. allen owns. valdormaro was spotted in a similar car recently and may have dumped that car here. we spoke to some people today that said he was a quiet guy who waves and said hi a& bye but would say very little else. >> his personality matches that. >> reporter: patrick nicholas says he wasn't surprised to find out that he was a keeled blooded killer. nicholas who used to shoot baskets in the neighborhood with him said he seemed a little unbalanced. and he had quite a temper. nicholas and several other neighbors say he would argue in public with the 63-year-old woman who lived in this home where he rented a room. allen is the same woman who polic
giving back to the community and it's all about veggielution. tell us what it is. >> it's about connecting people with farming and food and getting healthier food into people's bellies. >> reporter: and really your marquis event is happening this saturday. it's a benefit to help fund what you guys do out here. what is that main purpose? not only grow the food as a community but to give it back, right? >> right. we also donate a lot of food to the soup kitchen to help feed the needy. >> so it's not only about growing the food and selling it, but they're also donating it back to the community which is certainly pretty fantastic. cody also here with veggielut n veggielution. tell us what's going on on saturday. >> we're cookinging up food for the harvest. it's going to the restaurant we're serving at on friday. the dinner itself is on saturday night and we have our shelf joseph gaudette out here. >> reporter: people will be able to attend the event on saturday. google it. you'll find something about it. it's a great cause. they're able to grow it feet from the highway. it's amazin
before he's able to share it with us. live in south san jose, damien trujillo, nbc bay area news. >> this attack certainly serves as a reminder to serve extra precautions with trail running and here are some safety tips from police. be aware of your surroundings. don't wear head phones. vary your route. don't run the same trails every day. carry whistle with you, and whenever possible, jog with someone else. >> pg&e executives today acknowledge they have to rebuild trust with their customers following that explosion of that undergrad gas pipeline in san bruno. in a news conference, company leaders announced the release of a list of the company's 180s riskiest sessions of gas transmission lines. utility has also set up a hot line so customers can call and find out if their homes are within 500 feet of a line. pg&e says winning that customer confidence is vital. >> we believe that the best way to do that is to provide you all with the facts. get the facts out there and be transparent and be open. >> they might have about each one of these things. >> pg&e operates more than 6,000 mi
date. give us the confidence that we need, not only as a city but also as a resident, that the lines in san jose are well operated and well maintained and that if there was maintenance that needs to be done it gets done. >> reporter: lunch time brings huge crowds to restaurants on the northeast corner of the intersection. long-time businesses like the casa greek cafe say they are concerned about working near a risky pipeline. this he mr. to write a letter to pg&e, urging the power company to fix the pipeline now. >> people are going to hear about, this the more they hear about it the more they will be concerned. so we certainly need to have something done immediately. >> reporter: fellow business owner garcia agrees. he is opening up a new restaurant next moment and says this is news he did not want to hear. >> my reaction to that is not good, especially after what i saw in san bruno, because something like that, that would be be disastrous here. >> reporter: another pipeline in question is in milpitas near 237 and ranch drive. state of san jose tells me it will be meeting with pg&e
says they will continue to be held in pretrial detention much the u.s. state department called the release. >> the release of sarah shourd demonstrates iranian authorities have the aity to resolve these cases if they choose. iranian authorities made the decision to release sarah shourd. we hope they will make the same decision regarding josh fattal and shane bauer as soon as possible. >> who paid the half million bail for shourd's release is unclear. apparently, it was wired to a bank in oman because of u.s. sanctions against iran. it is also not clear exactly when shourd and her relatives will return to the united states, presumably to the los angeles area where she grew up. one u.s. official is quoted asz saying she will be in oman for at least a day. stay with nbc bay area news for continuing coverage of this developing story. you can also find the latest updates on our website at nbcbayarea.com and you can sign up for breaking news alerts as well. >>> an intense wall of fire, like nothing they have ever seen. that's how the first firefighters on the scene of the san bruno e
you. now the ntsb briefed us on the latest investigation details coming out of san bruno. the agency's vice chairman says the ruptured portion of the gas pipe will be shipped to washington tonight. that piece was put into a wooden crate this morning. they will inspect all three segments as they try to learn what caused the explosion. that examination will determine what the pipe suffered from. an hour ago the agency said there was no obvious preexplosion damage but they'll have to do more checking. ntsb is looking into whether seismic activity may have contributed to the breach of that pipe. >> we've seen the flames and the blow torch that reached 100 feet into the sky. now we have video of the first seconds after that massive gas explosion. a gas station surveillance camera caught the chaos and confusion that erupted as the fireball ignited and sent flames racing through a neighborhood. >> reporter: customers have no idea what is about to hit them. first a wooshing sound you can't hear on tape that turns their heads. >> you have to watch the debris first that flies. >> reporter: the
. >> reporter: some of it goes to alcohol? >> most of it does. >> reporter: billy uses his disability to check to buy vodka. he is homeless and spends many of his nights in a sleeping bag at u.n. plaza. with the drinking often comes trouble are. >> in trouble, getting fights, yes. getting rolled over by the police. this is in my head here two months ago. i don't remember what happened. >> these are individuals that get picked up by paramedics, in the emergency room, back and forth. some people picked up multiple times a day. >> reporter: called the chronic inebriates, the top 225 of them are draining the city's resources at a cost of $13.5 million each year. that is why he is headed north to search for solutions. he is creating a program where homeless alcoholics live. medical supervision, meals and alcohol are free. dusty wants to create similar pretreatment housing here but he has already attracted many critics. >> i understand that there is some controversy about providing people with alcohol but the potential we can with stabilize people who are really falling through the contracts and cos
from a legal standpoint. >> the u.s. constitution says you have a right to do that. period. end of story. the government can't stop you from burning a book. i said i thought it was distasteful, disrespectful, an outrage. i thought it jeopardizes this country and our troops but the constitution protects it. >> gainesville city officials are looking for way way, so far without success, to stop the burning. >> earlier this week, the american commander in afghanistan, general david petraeus warned that the burning could put u.s. troops in danger. the interfaith protest against the burning will be held friday outside of the santa clara administration building in san jose. >>> the only living person connected to an east bay killing spree will soon with be out of jail after a judge lowers his bail. the prosecutors say is that doesn't mean 72 year old charles ridden house has been killed of the killing of his wife and wife's friend, whose bodies were found at his vallejo home. investigators found one body in a bag in a bedroom closet. the other under some bushes in the back yafrd. but s
, taking a break from touring, now he has been hit hard with a break-in. >> they hit us hard. i had four guitars stolen. i had both of our laptops, i had my grammy medal stolen. >> reporter: flynn earned a grammy nomination for his band machinehead for the 2007 release "the blackening." he believes whoever did this knew what was inside his home. one was a mini-guitar he gave to his eldest son. the other, the one he wrote songs and toured with back in '94. >> the other one was a washburn dime bolt that was given to me by the late dimebag darrell. this guitar was incredibly sentimental. we had one tip from the corner here, a green teal american-made pickup truck ta drove very slowly up around the corner, came back, drove very slowly. >> reporter: flynn is hoping that a tip and fingerprints taken from two remaining guitars leads to an arrest. he is offering a reward for each guitar. in fact, he is offering two rewards. $1,000 for the return of one of his guitars. $2,000 for the other. but he says, of course, to him his guitars are priceless. reporting live in martinez, i'm cheryl hurd, nbc
in hercules on wsaturday. stay with us for continuing coverage of the story. we are following developments closely overnight. and you can always go to nbcbayarea.com for in-depth looks at the time line on this case. inch after near record-setting heat today, more heat is expected tomorrow. it might be smoking. chief meteorologist jeff ranieri is looking at the warm-up. >> our temperatures are a huge indication of how warm we'll be getting tomorrow. some of our temperatures are where theshould be for daytime highs across the bay area. 76 in livermore at the current moment. 78 in san jose. 77 in san francisco. high pressure stays in tplace. so that's going to be an upper 60s to near 70 to start off thursday morning. and by 10:00 a.m., low to mid-80s for the east and sout bay. this has also prompted air quality concerns.so we had a spare the air day in effect for tomorrow. details on how hot it will get in a few minutes. >> thank you very much, jeff. >>> the stakes could not have been higher inle ka cal's race for the u.s. senate. in their only televised debate of the campaign, incumbent bar
, both candidates will have to deliver on a variety of issues. students tell us what counts and what doesn't in this campaign and they tell us in their own words. >> i'd like to see them address the tuition fees because that's a big deal here. that's one thing i would like to see. >> i'm hoping to hear more about the budget cuts, so i'm hoping i'm going to hear more about how the budget's going to work into the uc system. sfwl i just want to hear something new because a lot of it to me has been the same mishmash. there hasn't been new ideas. i want to see something refreshing. i'm not swaying to either side. >> you should know this, that we will be televising our own debate on october 12th. it your chance to hear them talk. tom brokaw will moderate the debate in san rafael. the debate will begin at 6:30 and on our website as well. >>> the calendar says autumn, which frequently means summer in these parts as we know, but we don't expect this kind of heat. the bay area is in the heat wave. another day of record breaking temperatures. jeff ranieri is in the weather center with today's n
. >> if you're just joining us, we have an expanded newscast because of the giants game. >>> the shock of a killing spree in the east bay is giving way to sadness now for people who are close to the victims. as investigators continue their search for answers and the missing man, friends of two of the four murder victims mourn their loss tonight. nbc bay area's reporter is live in vallejo where some people are having a difficult time with the reality their friends are gone. >> remember jenny and rick, not for how they died but for how they lived. >> reporter: a tearful gathering at the shopping center in vallejo tonight in honor of cindy jenny tran and ricardo sales. sales worked as a security guard at the bank inside safeway. police say efren killed them both. >> they are very important people. >> reporter: tonight dozens of people full of sadness shared stories about how they touched their lives. danny is a checker. he said sales was always smiling. >> he was my buddy. i would slap him high five when i go to the bathroom and he would stand by the wells fargo. >> reporter: and tran was
neighbors say the two argued a lot. one says allen came running over to her house one day begging to use her cell phone but valdamoro followed her there. >> i got scared when he warned me not to lend the cell phone because, no, don't give her the cell phone because -- something like that. he even did shake it like that. >> when i come out and see what's going on, he would say -- oh, never mind her. she's crazy and he would bring her back inside. and the next day there would be like cops. >> nicholas said the suspect told him he was once in the military and wanted to re-enlist 'he applied to be a security guard at a sacramento-based company in 2005 and tried to get certified as a nursing assistant in 2006. vallejo documents show arrest for disorderly conduct, being under the influence of narcotics and public intoxication in 2001 and again in may of this year. several neighbors say he was a nice, quiet guy. >> i didn't think that he would do something like this. >> now, neighbors say they were confused about valdamoro's living situation because he seemed to be from cruising up and down for fun
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